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Rhizome x Dominica Publishing Presents First and Negative Two

Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand, Negative Two, 2019, digital, 28 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.

Rhizome x Dominica Publishing Presents First and Negative Two


This West Coast premiere of the short films First (2019) and Negative Two (2019) at MOCA is co-presented with the Los Angeles–based publishing imprint Dominica and the New York–based born-digital art and culture organization Rhizome. A conversation between Dominica founder Martine Syms and the filmmakers will follow the screening. Mobile devices and the always-on web have changed how we connect with one another. While film in general has struggled to depict new modes of mediated interaction, Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand’s innovative shorts detail life in media rather than with it. Instead of showing dating apps, feeds, and direct messages (DMs), viewers are given a view, respectively, into the lives of a teenage girl and a young gay professional whose encounters, affects, tastes, and fixations are products of the devices that mediate their day-to-day experiences.

Priority tickets are available to MOCA members at any time on the day of the program. Thirty minutes before the program begins tickets will be released to non-members. One ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is recommended.

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